Challenges and Opportunities for Intelligibility and Control in Smart Homes

Jo Vermeulen and Russell Beale.
Presented by
Jo Vermeulen

In Proceedings of the Smart for Life workshop, in conjunction with CHI '15, Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 18, 2015. 4 pages.


Several studies have reported on interaction challenges users face when confronted with proactive context-aware technologies that take actions on their behalf. To address these challenges, techniques have been proposed to improve intelligibility (understanding) of and control over context-aware systems for end-users. Proactive context-aware systems have not only been featured in several smart home visions, but are also common in current solutions within the smart home space. In this position paper, we outline a number of challenges and opportunities with respect to intelligibility and control in smart homes that take into account the diversity and evolving needs of inhabitants.